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Bujumbura, Burundi is one of the last places you would expect to find Thomas Brossard. Once a powerful cabinet minister in Brian Mulroney's Conservative government, Thomas never had a particular interest in the continent of Africa and the concerns it represented. That was his wife Louise's domain. But, after an embarrassing election loss, Thomas will do just about anything ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 7th 2008 by Cormorant Books (first published February 28th 2008)
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Doriana Bisegna
Nov 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Violets of Usambara is one of those novels that will forever stay with you. It reminded me very much of Gil Courtemanche's A Sunday At The Pool in Kigali however with as many Montreal descriptions as any of Mordercai Richler's novels. WOW!! It totally blew me away: the storyline, the writing, the beauty of the love between this separated Montreal couple: he is in Bujumbura, Burundi as a political figure for a charity that needs someone to investigate their projects in Africa. His wife remain ...more
Kathleen McRae
Jul 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
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The Violets of Usambara is a well written book with an excellent storyline. Thomas is a Ex-federal canadian politician who upon being voted out of federal office tries another line of public life and when that too falls through he follows his wife's advice and goes to Burundi on a mission.The story goes from Burundi to Montreal as it unfolds through the main characters Thomas and his French Canadian wife Louise.
Mary Soderstrom
Nov 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)
Some 800,000 people massacred in three months, most by machete-wielding neighbors: that was the horror which began 20 years ago today in Rwanda. The conflict was ostensibly between ethnic groups, the majority Hutu and the minority Tutsi. But lines were blurred since many moderate Hutus were killed and anyone who has looked closely at the history of the African Great Lakes Region sees that the groups were often related and their differences were used by European powers to divide and conquer.

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Mary Soderstrom is a Montreal-based writer of fiction and non-fiction with 15 published books to her credit. Her next book is scheduled for publication in October 2019 by the University of Regina Press. Frenemy Nations: Love and Hate between Neighbo(u)ring States is an examination of why ten pairs of political entities--ranging from the formerly two Vietnams, through Haiti and the Dominican Republ ...more